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Key Benefits Of Being Outside In Nature

Rough Draft 1.0 – 10/5/2020

Intro – If you were to total the amount of time you spend outside in nature how many of your waking hours would that be? Do you try to get out for a couple hours a day? A week? Let’s take a closer look at why this might be more important than you think.

Increases Your Energy

Being out in the open air on a brisk 20 minute or so walk will give you a boost.

Time Flies

Exercising outside adds visual interest and other stimuli that makes exercise time less of a chore and more enjoyable.

It’s Good For Your Vision

Balance out your screen time by giving your eyes some exercise outside. This is particularly good for kids.

Sunlight Helps Mitigate Aches and Pain

Who doesn’t feel better getting some sun on their skin? 

Boost Your Immune System

Search for information about phtoncides – airborn chemicals produced by plants which increase levels of white blood cells. In turn your ability to fight off infections and diseases improves.

Free Aromatherapy

Open your senses and note the different scents around you. Freshly cut grass, tilled soil, flowers, pine, etc. All contribute to being calm and relaxed.

Enhance Creativity

Particularly helpful for writer’s block. Turn off the phone and bring a notebook and pen. Is there a special place in the hills near you for contemplation?

Avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder

Being outside isn’t ideal when it’s cold or rainy but making the effort has shown to lessen SAD’s severity.

Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D

Ninety percent of your vitamin D comes from casual exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium to prevent osteoporosis as well as reducing inflammation.

Restore your Focus

Stepping away from a project your stuck on and getting outside for a few minutes has been a proven way to re-invigorate and focus your efforts.

Being Outdoors Makes Us Better Humans

Being outside at a park, on a hike, or in the garden helps us connect with others on a more simple level. We tend to reflect on shared experiences which can improve family and community relationships.

Link Resources

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/70548/11-scientific-benefits-being-outdoors

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Community Garden Types

Draft 1.0 – 9/12/2020

Intro – One of the objectives of Gardenview™ is to help educate and inform the public about community garden spaces. To that end we will be writing a series of articles starting with this one which will describe the different community garden types.

Plot Gardens (upsides / downsides)(rewards / challenges)

The garden is divided into plots for individual gardeners.

Cooperative Gardens

In contrast to plot gardens, communal gardens are more focused on growing larger patches of produce where participants work together to manage the space as one large garden.

Youth Gardens

Typically youth gardens are installed on school grounds to create a hands-on setting that supports active participation in research and discovery.

Entrepreneurial Market Gardens

Similar to youth gardens, but open to all ages, entrepreneurial market gardens seek to create a learning environment where skills are taught about food production, marketing, and accounting.

Therapeutic Gardens

These types of gardens focus on participant’s social, educational, psychological, and physical well-being. An argument could be made that ALL garden types fit this type. : )

Demonstration Gardens

These gardens are typically established for educational and recreational purposes. These types of gardens may showcase native plantings, xeriscaping, landscape or other gardening techniques for public education and benefit.

Link Resources:

https://www.google.com/search?q=types+of+community+gardens&oq=types+of+community+gardens&aqs=chrome..69i57.5367j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/how-to-organize-a-community-garden

https://www.kansashealthyyards.org/index.php?option=com_allvideoshare&view=video&slg=community-gardens-different-types&Itemid=349

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_gardening

http://marinmg.ucanr.edu/Community_Service_Projects/Demonstration_Gardens/#:~:text=Demonstration%20gardens%20showcase%20plants%20and,the%20public%20free%20of%20charge.